Boys Sixth Form News

Extended Project Qualification Fortnight

This week and next sees the culmination of the endeavours of those boys in the Upper and Lower Sixth who have completed a Level Three Extended Project Qualification. These projects, worth, in effect, half an A Level, are intended to anticipate the in-depth and largely autonomously-executed assignments set for undergraduates and they test students’ skills in research, essay-writing and evaluation. The 25 minute presentations have covered a range of topics from the development of Liverpool’s Chinatown to US fiscal policy by way of cystic fibrosis and the rise of graphic novels.


Oxbridge Candidates 2017

Merchant Taylors’ are delighted with this year’s successful students who have recently received offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2017.

Leon Reason, a student from Aintree has been offered a place to read History at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.  A keen student of History, English Language and Government and Politics, and after a rigorous interview process, Leon has secured his place at the university of his choice against fierce opposition.  Leon is a curious and very hard working student with a passion and love of reading.  In addition to Leon, Jack Zhou has been offered a place to read Mathematics at Queens College Oxford.  Maths is one of the most competitive courses at university; Jack’s natural intelligence, ability and determination have shone through, throughout his time at the school and he thoroughly deserves this offer to study at one of the world’s top centres of learning.  Jack is also part of a four man team at the Boys’ School, who have won through to the national finals of the UK Maths Challenge Competition, later in the spring, where they will compete against the best 32 schools in the country.     Merchant Taylors’ is particularly strong in the sciences and Maths; this is the third offer to a student at MTBS, to study Maths at Oxford, in the past three years.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Jessy Li from Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School has been offered a place at Cambridge to read aerospace engineering.  Jessy is studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.  She visited Leicester Space centre with the School and designed and launched a rocket! She has also attended the Institute of Physics lectures and the X-ray Mass Spectrometer Gala (XMaS) organised by Liverpool University to engage young women in STEM based subjects.  Jessy won a Gold award in the National Senior Maths Challenge and Merit in the Kangaroo stage of the competition as well as the Liverpool Physics Olympics. A highly motivated student, Jessy already has a grade A in her Chinese A level and is on track for a string of A* grades.

Great Day for SaxPac at Ormskirk MotoFest

Senior Prefects 2016-17

We are proud to introduce our new Senior Prefect Team for 2016-17. Welcome Jacob Foster (Head of School), Giacomo Poli (Deputy Head of School), Alex Rankin (Deputy Head of School), Christopher Oldnall (Senior Monitor), Christopher Hagerty (Senior Monitor), Andrew Park (Senior Monitor), Alfie Baines (Senior Monitor) and Ethan Byrne (Senior Monitor). Good luck in your new roles!



It has been a busy summer for sixth form pupils Ben, Freddie, Harry and Sam, members of the Liverpool band, The Basement Effect. The band has smashed the Itunes pre-order chart by climbing to position 22 in under 24 hours of their debut EP going on pre-sale. The Basement Effect went head to head with some well-established and household names such as Meatloaf, Metallica and Michael Buble, in some cases going ahead of them in the chart.

The boys have been playing together for two years and have spent the last year writing over 25 songs. They have selected 5 songs for their EP, ‘Young and The Same’ which were recorded by Sugar House records at Catalyst recording studio based in St Helens – the same studio where Warrington Band, Viola Beach, recorded a number of tracks for their final album. Sam Jones, lead singer of The Basement Effect, described their time at the studio as ‘a huge honour to record in the same venue as such talented and much missed musicians as the boys from Viola Beach’.

The Basement Effect have also recently beat hundreds of other musicians and won the opportunity to play on the Academy Stage at the Liverpool International Music Festival in Sefton Park in July. Following the band’s performance the music blogging website GetIntoThis commented ‘these retro rockers have an abundance of promise in their hands, these are a group to keep an eye on.’

They have all just taken their GCSEs and balanced their burgeoning music career with the demands of exams. “We knew that we had to concentrate on our GCSEs so were delighted to get into the studio when they were all finished. We can now look forward to our EP launch on September 10th at the Arts Club in Liverpool,’ said drummer Harry.


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Another Year of Outstanding A-Level Success

This year students at Merchant Taylors’ Schools have been rewarded for all their hard work and effort with an outstanding set of A Level results.  Over three quarters of the year group, at both the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, have achieved A* to B grades.  It is expected that the majority will be awarded their first preference place at some of the UK’s top universities.  Academic subjects are the mainstay of the top grades reflecting the personalised teaching environment and small class size advantage of the Sixth Form.  This achievement is significant at a time when standards are being tightened and grade inflation is being prevented.

Merchant Taylors’ is particularly proud of the accelerated progress students make throughout the senior years.  National data from the A Level Performance System (ALPS), a student focused system which collates data from over 1500 schools, colleges and FEs, demonstrates that students are making the best possible progress through Key Stage 4 and 5 curricula.  Headmaster of the Boys’ School, David Cook, said “ALPS results place our Schools in the country’s top band for value added teaching and learning.  With one of the lowest fees in the UK this is an outstanding measurement for a northern based school. These results, which consistently year on year place us as the leading the school in the region, demonstrate the value and excellence of the education we offer. ”

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Louise Robinson, is also delighted with the results; she said “I am very proud of the girls’ academic success and impressed by their ability to balance a demanding curriculum with important extra-curricular interests.  We encourage students to enhance their academic achievements through Extended Project Qualifications and a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music and Duke of Edinburgh awards.”

Top achievers this year are Laurence Duncan and Lydia Seed.  Lydia, with 4A* grades, has gained a place at St Andrews to study medicine.  She balances her academic study with a passion for music and drama.    Talented musician Laurence, who has achieved Grade 8 for trumpet, flute and piano, will go to Warwick to study Maths after achieving 4 A* and 1 A grade.



It’s a busy summer for our Gold DofE groups.

Five U6 girls from MTGS and two U6 boys from MTBS joined forces in mid- July to complete their D of E Gold expedition in the Yorkshire Dales. Their aim when they set out from Stainforth on 11th July was to complete an independent  four-day walking and camping journey, looking at tourism in the Dales and analysing the group dynamics and leadership styles within their own team. Walking more than 8 hours each day they explored 3 long-distance footpaths – the Pennine Way, the Ribble Way and the Dales way, as they navigated around Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough , Whernside, through  Dentdale and over Harter Fell to finish in Ravenstonedale on 14th July. As the photographs show, we were all able to enjoy some stunning views of the Howgills and Cautley Spout as the team journeyed north. This was a fabulous team of young people who supported each through the highs and lows of their 4-day venture. Thank you to the support team -Mr Jones, Mrs Robinson, Mr Price and Mrs Southworth – and huge congratulations to Aphra, Avani, Georgia, Jess, Mike, Oishi and Roland!

And there’s more still to come.

Two of our U6 girls, who were unable to do the July expedition, are looking forward to making new friends, as they start their Gold qualifier in the Lake District in mid-August with an Award Approved Provider, and later in the month a further two teams of Lower 6 girls and boys set off on their Gold expedition in the Yorkshire Dales with Mr Slemen and staff from the Boys’ School. We wish them all fair weather and a successful venture.